Jamie,In one of your podcats you mentioned something which sounded like "whale stain" for a way to execute someone. I may have misheard it but I believe it was two timbers across which the condemned was tied or nailed and left for dead. I tried various ways of spelling in the local google machine with no luck. How is that spelled?
I think you're talking about “waelsteng”. That's just a “dead body pole.” Basically, something to hang your enemies corpse on. Penda reportedly chopped up Oswald and displayed him that way.Hope that helps :)